BEREA—Overlooked in the Browns miserable 3-11 season for this week is the return of Dwayne Bowe to Kansas City.
The highly paid and underused wide receiver had a Pro Bowl career with the Chiefs after being a No.1 draft pick (23rd overall) for Kansas City in 2007.
Bowe 532 passes for 7,155 yards and 44 touchdowns in eight seasons with the Chiefs. He set Chiefs franchise records for single-season receptions with 86 catches in 2008 and career receptions for a wide receiver with 532.
After being released and joining the Browns with the intentions of being the Browns No. 1 receiver, Bowe’s season in Cleveland has been anything but smooth or productive.
With Brian Hartline and Andrew Hawkins on injured reserver and Taylor Gabriel missing most of the week for personal reasons, it would seem there would be more talk about Bowe’s return to Kansas City.
When asked if Bowe would just be active this week, Mike Pettine’s response was underwhelming.
“He could,” Pettine said. “We will see. We haven’t finalized [the active roster]. It’s still a little bit fluid with (Isaiah) Crowell and Gabe and the injuries. We haven’t really settled on the final 46 yet. That more than likely will happen Saturday morning. We’ll have a better sense then.”
Bowe has just five receptions for the Browns for 53 yards in mop up duties, including two catches for 22 yards in last week’s loss to Seattle. He has been inactive in eight of the team’s 14 games. Bowe signed a two-year $12.5 million contract with the Browns, including $9 million guaranteed for the 2015 season.
Chiefs coach Andy Reid was a bit perplexed by Bowe’s status with the Browns.
“I don’t know exactly his stats,” Reid said. “I loved Dwayne Bowe as a player and a person, probably the most humble big time receiver that I had been around. He did a good job for me here. Every situation is different. That’s how it works. He’s working through this right now, and hopefully, it turns around, just not this week.”
Quarterback Alex Smith said he loved Bowe.
“I can’t speak to anything this year, but obviously, when he was with us, I loved Dwayne,” Smith said. “A guy that practiced every day, came to work, brought an energy about him, loved being around the guys and loved football. For me, obviously, a guy that I really felt good about that I could trust out there throwing contested throws. He more often than not was going to make me right.”